Writer Arthur Allen describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis. Also, we remember country musician Johnny Gimble, the "king of swing fiddle." He passed away last month at 88.
In 1922, seven states drew up a plan for dividing the waters of the Colorado River. But they over-estimated how much water the river could provide -- and now 40 million Americans face a water crisis. Investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten joins us. Ken Tucker reviews Leon Bridges' album 'Coming Home.'
Former L.A. gang member Mike Cummings and professor Jorja Leap are working with other former gang members to help them become better fathers. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Patience And Fortitude' about the fight to save the New York Public Library.
Art scholar Noah Charney describes the art world as "fertile ground for criminals." He traces a tradition of fakes and forgeries that dates back to the Renaissance in his new book,'The Art of Forgery.' Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's film 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' won the audience award and the grand jury prize at Sundance. He talks about how losing his dad shaped his approach to the film. John Powers reviews Kamel Daoud's novel 'The Meursault Investigation.'
The 'WTF' podcast host and comedian shares his experience interviewing the President in his garage. We remember composer Gunther Schuller with his 1988 interview.
Screenwriter and director Judd Apatow talks about the interviews he recorded for his high school radio station with comics including Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno. Those interviews are collected in Apatow’s new book. Also comedian Kumail Nanjiani from HBO's Silicon Valley. And a review of the new Disney/Pixar film “Inside Out.”
This month, Jacqueline Woodson was named the new "Young People's Poet Laureate" by the Poetry Foundation. Her memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming won a National Book Award last year. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews Inside Out, the new Disney / Pixar animated film directed by Pete Doctor.
Terry Gross interviews Oren Moverman, the screenwriter of the Brian Wilson biopic "Love and Mercy.” Also, we’ll hear an excerpt of Terry’s 1988 interview with Wilson.
When Judd Apatow was a teen he landed interviews with an impressive roster of comics for his high school radio show. 'Sick in the Head' is a collection of those conversations, and more recent ones as well. TV critic David Bianculli reviews HBO's new Sunday lineup, including the new season of 'True Detective.'
Keret's new collection of personal essays, 'The Seven Good Years' spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father. He says his father, who was a Holocaust survivor, taught him to "look reality straight in the face."
In his new book, New York Times journalist Tim Weiner paints a portrait of a president overwhelmed by wars at home and abroad, whose self-destructive behavior resulted in "political suicide." Ken Tucker reviews the new album from the California band Dawes and Maureen Corrigan reviews a book of short stories called 'In the Country.'
Pete Docter directed the new Pixar film 'Inside Out' about the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black. Ken Tucker reviews the debut album from Shamir, 'Ratchet.' In his new book, 'The End of Plenty,' journalist Joel Bourne says humanity is facing a major problem: The world is running out of food. There are promising developments to meet the threat, he says, but time is running out.
Jazz innovator Ornette Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. We'll listen back to a 1987 conversation with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet, Don Cherry and Charlie Haden. We also remember 'Dracula' actor Christopher Lee with an excerpt of his 1990 interview. Kevin Whitehead reviews a new record by arranger Michael Gibbs and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'The Wolf Pack.'
New York Times reporter Patrick Healy writes that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who spent years preparing the road for his likely presidential run. Ken Tucker reviews the debut album from Shamir and linguist Geoff Nunberg contemplates the spelling be
Pete Docter directed the new Pixar film 'Inside Out' about the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions -- Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy -- are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black. Comedian Kumail Nanjiani explains his conflicted relationship with his hometown of Karachi, Pakistan.
In his new book, 'The End of Plenty,' journalist Joel Bourne says humanity is facing a major problem: The world is running out of food. There are promising developments to meet the threat, he says, but time is running out. Music historian Ed Ward tells the story of soul singer Jackie Moore and Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Good in Ruins.'
Carey Mulligan has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of 'Skylight.' She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel 'Far From the Madding Crowd.' Tech contributor Alexis Madrigal reviews the Apple Watch, and neurosurgeon Henry Marsh revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.
Musician Michael Feinstein chronicles his experience working as an archivist and cataloger for legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2012.
Andrew Solomon, the author of 'The Noonday Demon,' discusses the challenges of pregnancy and depression: "Most people who are seeking treatment [for depression] are not getting very good treatment." David Edelstein reviews 'Spy' starring Melissa McCarthy.
Jamie Bartlett exposes an encrypted underworld to the Internet in his book 'The Dark Net:' "Anybody with something to hide, whether it's for good reasons or for ill, finds a very natural home there." Milo Miles reviews the new album from Malian bandleader Bassekou Kouyate.
Carey Mulligan has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in in the Broadway revival of 'Skylight.' She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel 'Far From the Madding Crowd.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album from the Gary Peacock Trio and book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her summer reading list.
In her new book, 'Goddess Pose,' Michelle Goldberg traces the Western practice of yoga to a Russian woman named Indra Devi. Goldberg says that many of the poses in modern yoga can't be traced beyond 150 years ago. Tech contributor Alexis Madrigal considers the Apple Watch.
The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in 'Nightingale,' the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing "the black best friend." Critic John Powers returns from the Cannes Film Festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is 'The Assassin,' a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
The Irish actor appeared in the film 'Bridesmaids' and the TV series 'Girls.' The third season of O'Dowd's British comedy series 'Moone Boy' was recently released on Hulu. Originally broadcast May 29, 2014. Ken Tucker reviews the second album from Joanna Gruesome and David Bianculli discusses the future of DVD box sets.